Past Letters

Spring 2018

Greetings Archival History Section Members!

Welcome to our Spring 2018 issue. It has been a real pleasure to see the successful re-launch of Archival History News under co-editors Eric Stoykovich and Adam Mosseri, and our intern, Rebecca Leung. In order to pursue other opportunities, Adam stepped down as AHN co-editor in December. The AHS Steering Committee thanks him for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavors. Eric and Rebecca continue to provide us with quality content as we undergo a search for co-editors for the next year. We hope to have an announcement on the 2018-19 editors soon.

Although it is only May, the Archival History Section Steering Committee is preparing for our annual section meeting at SAA 2018, to be held Thursday, August 16 from 4:15-5:30 pm. Steering Committee members Alex Poole and Ciaran Trace will present on their experience researching and publishing in archival history. As a jumping off point they will discuss their recent American Archivist articles on Harold T. Pinkett, the first African American archivist employed by the National Archives, and the Georgia State Archives in the Progressive Era.[1] Keep an eye on Archival History News for a complete meeting agenda and more details about the Section Meeting.

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the study of archival history, AHS has launched the Archival History Article Award. This annual prize rewards an article of superior excellence in the field of archival history published in the preceding year. The nomination period just closed and now the Award Selection Committee, (Ashley Stevens, Ciaran Trace, and I) have the pleasurable task of reading some of the best recent work on archival history. We will present the inaugural award and prize at our section meeting in DC this August.

Finally, I encourage you all to keep Archival History News in mind when considering a place to share your work on archival history. AHN offers a unique space that is not represented in traditional academic journals. Let us know what you are or your institution is doing to investigate the history of our field!

I look forward to seeing you all in DC.

 

Kelly A. Kolar

Chair, Archival History Section

 

[1] Alex H. Poole, “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century,” American Archivist 80, no. 2 (Fall–Winter 2017): 296-335; Ciaran B. Trace, “Sweeping out the Capitol: The State Archives and the Politics of Administration in Georgia, 1921–1923,” American Archivist 80, no. 2 (Fall–Winter 2017): 373-406.

 

 

Fall 2017

Greetings Archival History Section Members!

I am proud to serve as your Chair this upcoming year and to be a part of the relaunch of Archival History News! I have served on the AHS Steering Committee for the past two years and I am excited to continue, and build upon, the excellent work done by my Steering Committee colleagues and former Chairs. Our outgoing Chair, Eric Stoykovich, set the bar high and we are lucky to have his continued contribution as a co-editor of Archival History News. I am also grateful to our outgoing members Jenny Mitchell and Tamar Zeffren for their work over the last year. I am happy to welcome (and re-welcome) our new and returning Steering Committee: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Alex Poole and members Ciaran Trace, Ashley Stevens, and Adam Mosseri, who also serves as a co-editor of Archival History News. You can read more about our new steering committee under “Archival History Section Resources.” Finally, AHS is excited to have our first intern, Rebecca Leung, who works on our newsletter.

In preparation for my role as Chair, I attended the Leadership Forum at SAA 2017 in Portland this past July. As we discussed how the various sections and committees of SAA can help promote and further SAA’s strategic goals, I was struck by how well suited AHS is to serve in this capacity. The relaunch of Archival History News is an excellent example of how AHS’s work fulfills some of SAA’s goals: This new publication will help “foster and disseminate research in and about the field,” as well as “deliver information and education via methods that are accessible, affordable, and keep[ing] pace with technological change.”[1] AHS is also uniquely suited to support SAA’s Goal 1: Advocating for Archives and Archivists. By deepening our knowledge of our profession’s history, Archival History News empowers archivists to educate those around them about the importance of archives and the value of memory institutions to democratic societies. As I write this letter, American society is engaged in a nationwide discussion about memory, identity, and history—concepts central to our profession and its history. As scholars of archival history, we have a unique opportunity to add to this national dialogue and educate individuals about the importance of archives, what we do, and why it matters. Archives have rich histories and I encourage you to contribute your historical research to our newsletter.

This year the AHS Steering Committee will continue to focus on advocating and promoting archival history through Archival History News and several other developing projects, including an annual award for the best archival history article, promoting archival history in graduate education, and continuing work on our archival history bibliographies. I look forward to updating you on our work in the coming year. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to serve as your Chair.

Kelly A. Kolar
Chair, Archival History Section

[1] Society of American Archivists Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018 SAA Strategic Plan, 2014-2018

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